Nine PLHS gridiron players named to All-League honors
by Scott Hopkins
Dec 18, 2013 | 3038 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Point Loma High defensive standout Tim O’Brien, who stands 6 feet 6 inches, dwarfs Santana High’s quarterback (No. 14) in a game this season. O’Brien, a junior, will return next season after being named to the All-Western League second team by league coaches. Photo by Scott Hopkins I The Beacon
Point Loma High defensive standout Tim O’Brien, who stands 6 feet 6 inches, dwarfs Santana High’s quarterback (No. 14) in a game this season. O’Brien, a junior, will return next season after being named to the All-Western League second team by league coaches. Photo by Scott Hopkins I The Beacon
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DIRK LACY
DIRK LACY
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MIKE SERRANO
MIKE SERRANO
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JAKE WAMBAUGH
JAKE WAMBAUGH
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TANNER MANION
TANNER MANION
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ARMANDO SMITH
ARMANDO SMITH
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JARED POLONITZA
JARED POLONITZA
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SETH IRBY
SETH IRBY
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COLE KIDD
COLE KIDD
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TIM O’BRIEN
TIM O’BRIEN
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Nine players, including three juniors, from Point Loma High School’s football team were selected for All-League honors by Western League coaches.

First team (offense)

• Running back Dirk Lacy again earned the respect of opposing players and coaches. The 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pound senior gained 609 yards on 111 carries, a 5.5-yard average, also scoring six touchdowns. A second team selection as a junior, Lacy re-turned after an early-season injury to showcase his abilities and rise to the top at his position.

• Senior Mike Serrano, a 6-foot-4-inch, 290-pound lineman, was cited for his consistent, dependable and tenacious blocking and pass-protection abilities. His presence on the line will be missed by returning players next season. Serrano has since taken his talents to the mat, where he is a Pointers standout as a heavyweight wrestler.

First team (defense)

• Leading the list is senior tight end Jake Wambaugh, a 6-foot-4-inch, 245-pounder who was also named first team as a junior. Wambaugh once again spent a lot of time in opposing team’s backfields, where he made 30 tackles and was credited with 10 assists and five tackles for loss. He led the Pointers with 11.5 sacks and 12 hurries of the opposing quarterback while causing one fumble.

• Teammate Tanner Manion, a 6-foot-2-inch, 215-pound senior, also drew the respect of opposing players and coaches from his linebacker position. Manion racked up 22 tackles and eight assists to go with two sacks to wrap up an excellent senior season.

Second team (offense)

• Armando Smith was cited for his talents as a running back and occasional quarterback. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior gain-ed 500 yards on 87 carries for the Pointers and hauled in nine passes for another 88 yards. He also played defense, making him a very busy player.

• The members of the Pointer offensive line are a very close-knit group, and two others joined Serrano by being named as second team All-Leaguers.

Senior Jared Polonitza, 6 feet 5 inches, 280 pounds, and junior Seth Irby, 6 feet 4 inches, 255 pounds, were singled out by league coaches for their effectiveness in the trenches, including run and pass blocking.

Second team (defense)

The talents of two juniors with bright Pointer futures earned them All-League recognition.

• Defensive end Cole Kidd, 6 feet 1 inch, 195 pounds, transformed from a junior varsity player as a sophomore to a ferocious varsity pass rusher and tackler. He repeatedly created havoc for opposing linemen, re-cording 3.5 sacks, 21 solo tackles and four assists. He also defended five passes, caused one fumble and recovered another.

• Kidd’s line partner, Tim O’Brien, a 6-foot-6-inch, 245 pounder, used his height to augment his defensive skills, making it difficult for opposing quarterbacks to throw over him. He was credited with 14 solo and five assisted tackles, 0.5 sacks and two passes defended.

Broken down by schools, league champion Madison placed 15 players on the four teams, followed by runner-up Mission Bay with 12, the Pointers with nine, La Jolla with six and Kearny with two.

The Pointers finished the 2013 campaign with a 5-6 record and are already in preparations for their upcoming season.
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